People carrir and MPVs are often assumed to be the only option for those looking for a 7-seater car - but there are actually plenty of other types of car, and modern MPVs even manage to be stylish and good to drive - so there's lots of choice in this market.
It's true that 7-seaters are MPVs, but van-based 7-seaters suit those who don't worry about image - and SUVs cater to those who do. You're never going to get sports car looks with room for seven, but today's MPVs and SUVs don't look half bad - so it's worth considering your full range of options.
To help you choose which is the best 7-seater for you, we've put together this list of the top models with enough seats for seven passenger.
Make sure you know what sort of car you'll need before you get your heart set one something - a large family that will need to use the seats all the time will be better off with an MPV or similar, as the extra seats are more comfortable. SUVs can sometimes work too, though - go for something like the Land Rover Discovery and even adults will be able to sit in the extra seats.
Those who only need the extra seats occasionally but also need a large boot when only five seats are needed, will want to look for a model with an easily foldable third row of seats. These can be cramped for adult-size passengers but store away beneath the boot floor when not in use. A good example would be a compact MPV like the Ford Grand C-MAX - it can seat seven, but the back row of seats is only really suitable for small children.
The nature of these 7-seat cars is that they wil be carrying a lot of weight around, so many are not even available with petrol engines. The torquey power delivery of diesels suits them much better and allows higher fuel economy even with a lot of people on board.
So whatever you're looking for in your next seven-seater car, click on the links to the left to see our top picks to help you decide.
1. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
2. Volvo XC90
3. SEAT Alhambra
4. Ford S-MAX
5. Land Rover Discovery
6. Renault Grand Scenic
7. Ford Grand C-MAX
8. Kia Carens
9. Hyundai Santa Fe
10. Land Rover Discovery Sport